The photo in my post is step 6 in the “Sled” section of the Maslow assembly guide. It shows the cotter pin going through the very first link at the end of the drive chain. This is apparently the weakest link, as there is no pin in the end link. The solution is to run the pin through the next link up the chain. This shortens the chain 6.35 mm, and will affect the calibration (probably not in a good way). If your machine is calibrated, we should be able to move the chains over 1 link on the drive cogs towards the sled to compensate for the shortening of the chain, and preserve the calibration. If the machine is not calibrated, I believe the calibration routine will compensate for the slightly shorter chain, but ultimately, the firm and software will need to be updated, which, as you know, is an ongoing process.
Sorry, no photo right now… am away from the machine.
The only thing that might need to be updated is to include a note in GC on the step the chain is attached to the sled (it’s pretty silent on that right now… just says to attach the chains to the sled). But people don’t seem to read the instructions anyway, so not sure it makes much of a difference
FWIW, it’s very common to specify the working load as 1/10 of what it takes to break it (or the yeild strength if you prefer) to provide a safety factor, don’t know if that’s a convention, “standard”, or legislated. 85# working is 10% of 850…
I like your fix (straight forward and simple). I am going to install a set of small bolts (if I can find some) into the holes that should hold the link pins. This should solve the matter, without having to re-calibrate everything.
I’m Making pocket Letters .37"deep in to the acrylic… for a Ballroom Dance Competition, DBDC
The Letters will sit on a base with LED lights that will reflect on the unpolished acrylic.
It should look good.
To give you an idea look at LED EXIT sigh … That is the look that I’m goin for.
@bar@blurfl@dlang@mooselake , what would be the max stepdown before having a chain snap? I know there are so many variables; feedrate, material, flute length, etc… would seem like something would give way (motor gear, pcb or chain) if trying to cut through thicker material in one pass.
I like the idea of inserting a small bolt into the last open part of the chain. This would mean there’s no geometry change to a calibrated machine, and no need for any adjustments, though if I understand right the only change is a quick adjustment in ground control to simply shorten the defined chain length?
Another problem with adding a bolt to replace the missing pin is you will likely not clear the gap in the carriage that the chain passes through, making for slower sled removal if/when you need to do that since the bolt needs to come out too. An alternative might be a rivet, which can be hammered flat and should clear the opening in the carriage.